iRacing Heads to Road America for the Brat

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After a hiatus of more than half a century, top-tier NASCAR stock car racing returns to Wisconsin’s Road America circuit with the June 20th running of The Bucyrus 200 Presented by Menard’s, a round in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. 

And while a number of the NASCAR drivers are expected to use iRacing.com’s advanced simulation software to learn their way around the challenging, 14-turn hill-and-dale four-mile track before they even arrive in Wisconsin, thousands of racing game enthusiasts and online racers will celebrate NASCAR’s return to Road America their own way.  On June 19th at 6:00 p.m. ET (22:00 GMT), the evening before the real-world race, members of the world’s premier online racing service will take the green flag in the 50-lap (200-mile) iRacing.com Road America 200, the seventh event in the 15-round 2010 iRacing.com World Tour. 

“Racing at Road America will be present a new challenge to virtually all the drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, some of whom will take advantage of iRacing’s very high fidelity software to learn the track in advance and make the best use of their limited real-world practice time,” said Kevin Bobbitt, iRacing.com’s director of marketing.  “And though many of our members have raced sports and open-wheel cars on our millimeter-accurate virtual version of Road America, racing a NASCAR stock car there will be a fun and exciting challenge to them as well.”

Bobbitt noted that, like all the other events on the World Tour, the iRacing.com Road America 200 is free to all iRacing.com members, and open to all of them regardless of their level of experience.  (Information on how to join iRacing.com and additional details on the iRacing.com Road America 200 are available at www.iracing.com.)  

Road America and NASCAR

Set on the outskirts of the Wisconsin hamlet of Elkhart Lake, Road America was part of the explosive growth of dedicated sports car racing facilities in North America that took place in the mid- to late 1950s – survivors of which today include Watkins Glen International, Lime Rock Park and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as well as Road America. 

Road America is the manifestation of the dreams of Clif Tufte.  A trained civil engineer, Tufte spent almost a year planning one of the world’s finest and most challenging road courses.

That dream became a reality on September 10, 1955, with the running of the track’s first SCCA national race weekend.  Less than a year later, on June 12, 1956, Road America was host to a NASCAR race, part of a swing through the Midwest by the then mostly Southeastern-based stock car series.  The then-reigning NASCAR champion Tim Flock, who had a little sports car racing experience on his resume, won the race.

Millions of dollars in improvements have been made throughout the years, but the original 14-turn configuration, which was faithfully captured with advanced laser-scanning technology by iRacing.com, has never been altered.

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